Government efforts to eliminate the commercial use of a radioactive material deemed a security risk have run into opposition from the medical sector.
The Obama administration announced earlier this year that it would work to phase out commercial applications of a number of radioactive substances that could be used to build a so-called “dirty bomb.” Such a weapon would use conventional explosives to disperse poisonous radioactive material over a wide area.
Among the common commercial substances targeted for elimination is cesium chloride. The government is trying to convince hospitals and blood banks in the country to cease using irradiator machines that contain cesium chloride and instead use X-ray irradiators to make sure blood is safe for transfusion. The government is weighing using grants and other inducements to encourage the move away from cesium chloride irradiators, unidentified officials and specialists told the Boston Globe for a Monday article.
In addition to being extremely radioactive, cesium chloride is also dissolvable in water. These characteristics make the material “a greater concern than other radiation sources,” according to a 2008 finding by the National Research Council.
However, some medical professionals and companies are resisting the urged change on the grounds that the newer X-ray irradiators are too expensive and more prone too breaking down.
“X-ray irradiators break with regular abandon, so of course you have to buy two,” said Jed Gorlin, vice president of medical and quality affairs at Innovative Blood Resources in St. Paul, Minn.
Miles Pomper, a senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, said that financial motives are a significant contributing factor to the resistance.
“There are going to be winners and losers,” Pomper said. “The people who only make cesium chloride aren’t going to like it.”
What We're Following See More »
"According to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, the first national post-debate survey, 43 percent of registered voters said the Democratic candidate won, compared with 26 percent who opted for the Republican Party’s standard bearer. Her 6-point lead over Trump among likely voters is unchanged from our previous survey: Clinton still leads Trump 42 percent to 36 percent in the race for the White House, with Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson taking 9 percent of the vote."
After a lighthearted beginning, Donald Trump's appearance at the Al Smith charity dinner in New York "took a tough turn as the crowd repeatedly booed the GOP nominee for his sharp-edged jokes about his rival Hillary Clinton."
Evan McMullin came out on top in a Emerson College poll of Utah with 31% of the vote. Donald Trump came in second with 27%, while Hillary Clinton took third with 24%. Gary Johnson received 5% of the vote in the survey.
A new Quinnipiac University poll finds Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by seven percentage points, 47%-40%. Trump’s “lead among men and white voters all but” vanished from the university’s early October poll. A new PPRI/Brookings survey shows a much bigger lead, with Clinton up 51%-36%. And an IBD/TIPP poll leans the other way, showing a virtual dead heat, with Trump taking 41% of the vote to Clinton’s 40% in a four-way matchup.